“You’re off to great places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting! So… get on your way!”

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 2!  I hope your child is excited about everything that this year has to offer. I am thrilled to have your child in my class, and I believe that by working together we will make this a very happy, productive and successful school year.  This is an important year in your child’s school career, as we will be reviewing a lot, learning even more, and of course having lots of fun along the way!   

It is very important that you play an active role in your child’s education. I invite you speak to me any time that you have a question regarding your child’s progress in school. I will keep you informed by sending home class letters and homework regularly.  The school blog will be updated every week, and this is a great way for you to see some of the exciting things that happen in class.  Spare copies of homework activities and letters will be posted on the noticeboard found outside my classroom.  Also, I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed any time your child has a concern/ difficulty whether it be it academic, social, or emotional.

Please find below some useful information that you will need: 

 

Class Staff

Class Teacher: Mrs. Kirsty Cusack
TAs:  Miss C. Rasbridge, Miss L. Davies,&  Mrs. R. Rees 

PPA Cover: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

SLT Time Teacher: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

Outdoor Learning

The children will be working outdoors regularly, whatever the weather!  Therefore please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather e.g. coat, sun hat etc. 

P.E.

This year our P.E. days are every Friday.  N.B.  Pupils will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kits.  Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and trainers.  All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied back for P.E.   

 

P.P.A. (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)/ SLT (Senior Leadership) Time

My P.P.A. session is on a Friday morning and Mrs. Stonham/ Miss Williams will be teaching the class.  They will  also teach the class every Friday afternoon when I take my Senior Leadership Time. 

 

Class Topics

The topics for this year are as follows: 

Autumn Term:Glitter and Glow
Spring Term:Take a Trip in a Time Machine
Summer term:Journey with Us over Land, Sea, Air & Space 

 I’m sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the practical experiences and focus activities offered to them in an environment which supports a range of learning styles.  If your child has any books, artefacts, DVDs etc linked to the current learning theme, they are more than welcome to bring them in to school.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

    

Reading Books

Please ensure that your child brings his/ her reading book to school every day.  Your support with your child’s reading development is crucial and I greatly appreciate your comments in his/ her reading diary.  Regular reading at home will greatly support the work that we do in school.   

 

Homework

Homework will be distributed as follows:
Spelling Words:Sent home every Tuesday  and can be returned at any time during the week.   

Maths:Allocated online every Friday.  Activities will review key concepts covered in school throughout the week. 

 

Once again, please feel free to pop in to see me with any questions/ concerns that you may have.  May I take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation for your support throughout the coming year.  Let’s work together to make this year a success and a happy, memorable time in your child’s school career! 

 

Regards,
Mrs. Cusack 

What's been happening in Year 2?
  • Year 2 Halloween Party 🎃 👻

    Year 2 have had a fun filled day taking part in Halloween activities and a lovely class party! They did some Halloween craft this morning and listened to a spooky story. This afternoon we played Pin the bolt on Frankenstein, Musical Statues and had a little dance together! The children then enjoyed having some sweets […]

  • Learning about Pumpkins

    At the start of term, during our EPIC planning session, the Year 2 children decided that they would like to find out more about pumpkins…so this week we did just that! The children used their creative skills to make fantastic pumpkin shaped autumn wreaths. We read fiction and non-fiction texts on Get Epic, and the […]

  • Year 2 are Instruction Experts

    The Year 2 children have been busy learning about instructions. They have completed lots of activities including barrier games, listen and draw activities and sequencing instructions. The boys and girls are now experts at identifying features of instruction texts. Super work, Blwyddyn 2!

  • Year 2 Harvest Baskets 🍏🍊🍋

    The children have been busy today creating these beautiful Harvest baskets. They used a variety of fruits and vegetables, dipped them in paint and printed them on to paper. Once they had dried, they cut each one out and arranged them onto their baskets. Well done all!

  • Shwmae Bronwen!

    Diolch to Bronwen Lewis for entertaining us as part of our Shwmae day celebrations. They Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed listening to the songs, and they worked really hard at using Welsh as much as possible in class today. They created lovely Shwmae pictures to celebrate the Welsh language.

  • Sorting Shapes

    Year 2 have enjoyed learning about 2D shapes this week. They were able to find lines of symmetry and explored regular and irregular shapes including quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons. They used words such as edges and vertices to describe the shapes and then used Venn and Carroll diagrams to sort lots of 2D shapes. […]

  • Year 2 Emotions

    Today in Year 2, the children discussed various emotions that they might have felt at some point. In their groups they sorted cards into good or bad emotions, giving reasons for their choices. The children decided that some emotions could go into both columns, such as nervous. We also talked about the fact that sometimes […]

  • Investigating Shadows

    The year 2s enjoyed learning about shadows this week. We discussed what shadows are and the children made some super shadow puppets. They were set a challenge: find out how to make the shadows bigger and smaller. They were able to use rulers to measure the shadows and compare the sizes. Super investigating, year 2!

  • Working on Our Mental Health in Year 2

    In preparation for World Mental Health Awareness Day, this afternoon the Year 2 children discussed ways in which we can improve our mental health. We started by discussing what mental health means, and the children were interested to learn about ways in which we can improve our mental wellbeing. We discussed strategies that the children […]

  • Super Story Telling

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We used story mountains to retell the story in the correct sequence, we investigated the character speech and feelings, and we especially enjoyed reading about Owls using online books and non-fiction texts.

  • Amazing Addition

    This week the Year 2s have been working incredibly hard to further develop their addition skills, using a variety of practical, written and mental strategies. The children persevered and worked out how we can use known bonds and number facts to help us solve trickier additions.

  • Virtual Class Assemblies.

    Moving with the times, each week a different class will lead a whole school assembly via Teams online. This week, it was Year 6 to kick us off with this new tradition. We spoke to the whole school about our virtual meeting with the Jersey pupils from last Friday. We also showed the whole school […]

  • Wonderful Writing in Year 2!

    Year 2 have been working very hard to improve their independent writing skills using a variety of approaches. The children have enjoyed learning cursive letter formation in our handwriting sessions and through using an interactive App. Their spelling skills are progressing well using the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ approach. They have also worked hard […]

  • Woodland Animal Research

    This morning, we started reading a lovely story called ‘Pricklebum’s Amazing Adventure’. We talked about how hedgehogs are woodland animals and compared them to other animals that live in different habitats, listing all the animals we could think of and sorting them into an alphabet chart. The children then did lots of research about woodland […]

  • Story Sequencing

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed further developing their prediction skills. They were given lots of pictures from the story ‘The Little Yellow Leaf’ and, without reading the book first, the children had to work together to sequence the images and create their own stories. They looked closely at the illustrations for clues about the […]

  • What Do We Celebrate and When?

    Yesterday, the Year 2 children enjoyed finding out more about what we celebrate and when the celebrations happen. The children discussed our birthdays and sequenced them onto a class birthday timeline. They also enjoyed using the internet to find out the dates of popular celebrations, and then sorted them into the correct months. Super researching […]

  • Year 2 – Mistakes are ok!

    In Year 2 this week the children listened to a lovely story called ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes’. It is a lovely growth mindset book for children which encourages children to learn and grow from their mistakes. In the story, Beatrice Bottomwell has NEVER made a mistake. She never forgets her homework, she never […]

  • Which is the most common tree in Pontlliw park?

    Last week during our EPIC planning session, lots of the children came up with interesting questions about trees, such as ‘Why do we have Christmas trees?’, ‘Why do some trees have different colour leaves? and ‘Where do conkers and acorns come from?. Today we used these questions as the start of a lesson. We talked […]

  • Getting to Know You

    The Year 2 children enjoyed completing a ‘Getting to Know You’ activity last week. Each child thought of a unique question that they could ask their friends The children worked in an organised way to gather and record their data. They then used J2E chart on Hwb to create bar charts showing what they found […]

  • EPIC Planning in Year 2!

    At the start of every term, we ask the children to work together to discuss what they would like to learn about. Today we did our EPIC planning (Everybody Planning In Class), based on this term’s big question ‘Why Do We Celebrate?’. Using picture prompts to generate discussions, the children cam up with fantastic smaller […]

  • First Day in Year 2!

    What a lovely day we had today welcoming the children to Year 2! The day was full of smiles, fun and laughter. The children enjoyed playing ‘Getting to Know You’ games, exploring their new classroom and working together to set the class rules. I’m sure all of our lovely Year 2 children will sleep well […]

  • Welcome Back Year 2!

    We welcomed back our Year 2 pupils this week. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces. The children thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Check In and Catch Up’ sessions, and it was lovely to hear about their experiences of lockdown. Thank you boys and girls, you put a HUGE smile on your teacher’s face this […]

  • Keeping Our Language Alive.

    BBC Bitesize is an excellent tool for learning Welsh. I’ve included the link on this post to help develop the language in a fun way, for adults and children to help with learning Welsh as a second language. Diolch, Mrs Evans. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxkq3k7

  • A special message…

    Here’s a photo with a special message for our lovely children and families…

  • Sequencing Recounts

    In Year 2 we have been learning about recount texts, and how they must be in chronological order. We have also been learning about telling the time on analogue and digital clocks. Today the children were asked to use their reading and numeracy skills to sequence a diary. The boys and girls were fantastic, and […]

 

 

Useful Websites:

http://www.ictgames.com   Literacy and Numeracy Games

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8  Interactive Literacy, Maths and subject-related Games and Activities

http://www.galacticphonics.com/ – Phonics, spelling  and other literacy worksheets and resources for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

https://www.spellingcity.com/ – Spelling activities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/   Educational games across all subjects and topics

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm – Fun educational games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/  Free online educational resources and games

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=&agegroup=0&book=1&booktype=all&series=all#    Oxford Reading Tree free online books

www.jollylearning.co.uk – the official Jolly Phonics website. Includes videos showing the teaching of Jolly Phonics and information related to Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar.

http://roythezebra.com/reading-games-word-level.html – enjoy some games that Roy the Zebra provides to enhance your reading skills

http://www.ictgames.co.uk/literacy – a site offering a number of quality literacy games, including games to enhance reading

http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html – Dinosaur Words – choose the correct tricky word to match what the dinosaur reads to you!

http://www.ictgames.com/wordreader.html – Word Reader – another nice game to help you recognise and read tricky words

http://www.ictgames.com/machine.html – CVC Machine – read the cvc word and match with the picture shown

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ – read a book from Sebastian the Swan’s bookshelf

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/interactive_big_books – enjoy interactive big books on the NGFL Cymru site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ – A popular site already, but did you know that CBeebies also has stories you can listen to?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/storyplant.shtml – use the story plant to make your own story and watch it grow!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html – use the speech bubbles to make your own version of a traditional story

http://www.schooljotter.com/showpage.php?id=55482 – take a look at some links to some excellent literacy activities

http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/fiction/my_monster/index.htm – create your own  scary monster poem!